BRADFORD (Park Avenue) asserted their dominance over an Eccleshill United side managed by former player and coach Ryan Toulson with a 4-0 win last night.

Toulson, who is preparing for his first season in charge of the Eagles, was not due to face his old side in pre-season and last night, the Horsfall Community Stadium was meant to be hosting the Sheffield United Under-23s.

They have built a good partnership with Bradford, after loaning them the likes of Frankie Maguire and Oliver Arblaster last season, but squad issues for the South Yorkshire youngsters meant that Eccleshill were kind enough to step in for valuable minutes.

Mark Bower’s side took the lead just three minutes in, as recent signing Eddie Church squared the ball to a trialist, who comfortably dispatched the ball past the goalkeeper.

Just one minute later and the lead was doubled, once again through the same trialist, who smashed the ball past the outstretched goalkeeper to give Avenue a lightning start to the match.

Sam Fielding blazed a decent opportunity wide, but not long after Avenue extended their advantage to three, thanks to new forward Church producing a confident and composed finish.

Heading into the second half, Bradford rounded off a memorable friendly, as a mix-up at the back thanks to some good pressure from Church resulted in the ball being bundled into the Eccleshill goal by an Eagles defender.

Bradford had one final chance through latest signing Will Longbotton, but his free-kick was diverted wide by the trialist Eccleshill goalkeeper.

Avenue are back in action next Tuesday, facing National League side Scunthorpe United at Horsfall.

Elsewhere last night, Silsden thumped Ilkley Town 7-2, with Jos Bradshaw netting a hat-trick.